The E2 is an investment visa that requires you either buy an existing business or start a new one. Our initial trips were done on a B1/B2 visa, which allows for a stay of up to 6 months, with a possible 6 month extension. This visa is rather easy to obtain (I wrote an article on that here).
Can E2 visa be rejected?
Employees should cover an executive or managerial role in the U.S. business or should have essential skills not easily replaceable by U.S. workers. If the consular officer suspects that the employee’s role does not meet the requirements to be considered managerial or executive, the E-2 Visa application may be denied.
Can anyone with money get the E2 visa?
The applicant must make a substantial investment to qualify for the E2 investor visa. However, the law does not state a minimum dollar amount. Generally, the applicant should be prepared to invest at least $100,000 US dollars in the enterprise to have a good E2 visa case.
How do you qualify for E2?
To qualify for E-2 classification, the treaty investor must:
- Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation;
- Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States; and.
How much does it cost to get a E2 visa?
For the E2 visa, the application fee is $205. You might also be required to pay additional fees such as visa issuance fees or reciprocity fees based on your home country.
What questions do they ask at E2 visa interview?
- Have you ever visited the U.S. before? …
- Do you have a home, vehicle, business, or family in your home country?
- What do you plan to do after your E-2 visa expires?
- What enterprise are you investing in for your E-2 visa?
- How do you plan to develop this enterprise?
How many E2 visas are issued each year?
In the EB-5 visa’s shadow, the E-2 treaty investor visa has rapidly grown to over 43,000 approved on an annual basis. This represents over four times the number of EB-5 visas issued in 2017!
Can you work in USA with E2 visa?
The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work in the United States based on an investment in a U.S. business. The E2 visa is valid for three months to five years (depending on the country of origin) and can be extended indefinitely.
How long E2 visa takes?
The processing time for an E2 visa varies by Consulate anywhere from about two weeks to four months. After an initial review is completed, the Consulate will set up an interview with the applicant. If the E2 visa is approved, it may take up to a week for the visa itself to be issued.
Can I buy a house with E2 visa?
Can I buy a house or other real estate property in the U.S. and get an E-2 Visa? No. The business must be an “active” business. Passive investments like real-estate or investments into stock market does not qualify for E-2.
Can spouse work on E2 visa?
The spouse may work for the E2 investor’s business or find a job with another employer. The spouse may also start his or her own business using the work permit. The employment may be full-time or part-time. The USCIS usually issues the spousal work permit within 2 to 3 months of applying.
Can E2 visa be converted to green card?
The E2 visa is a great option that allows you to live and work in the United States by investing in a US company. Yet, the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, so it does not directly lead to a green card. In order to go from an E2 visa to green card, you must apply for and get approved for an immigrant classification.
What businesses qualify for E-2 visa?
Below is a list of some types of businesses that may qualify:
- Auto Repair Shop.
- Acoustic Booth Sales.
- Bike Share and Use Program.
- Book Illustrator.
- Cabinet Making and Distribution Business.
- Catering Company.
- Cleaning Company.
Can E-2 visa holders study?
Yes, the dependents of E-2 visa holders can study freely in the United States without seeking further approval. Children may attend public or private school, while spouses may attend any level of schooling. Children must apply for an F-1 student visa if they wish to continue studying after the age of 21.
What is the average fee for an immigration lawyer to help with an E-2 visa?
Depending on your situation, the cost of filing an E2 visa application can vary based on the specifics of your status or situation. When you a hire a lawyer through the Priori network, flat rates for E2 investor visas typically range between $3,000-$4,500.